Associate Professor

Thomas Scheiber

Field of work

I'm program coordinator of the international semester program Geohazards and Climate Change and I'm teaching in the masterprogram Climate Change Management and the bachelor program Geology and Geohazards.

My research focuses on deformation of the Earth crust at different scales and how bedrock structures influence landscape evolution.



  • Scheiber, T., Viola, G., van der Lelij, R., Margreth, A. and J. Schönenberger (2019): Microstructurally-constrained versus bulk fault gouge K-Ar dating. Journal of Structural Geology 127, 103868.
  • Scheiber, T. and G. Viola (2018): Complex bedrock fracture patterns: A multipronged approach to resolve their evolution in space and time. Tectonics 37, 1030-1062.
  • Faust, J.C., Scheiber, T., Fabian, K., Vogt, C. and J. Knies (2017): Geochemical characterisation of northern Norwegian fjord surface sediments: implications for paleo-environmental interpretations. Continental Shelf Research 148, 104-115.
  • Oppikofer, T., Saintot, A., Hermanns, R.L., Böhme, M., Scheiber, T., Gosse, J., Eiken, T. and G.M. Dreiås (2017): Rockslide or deep-seated gravitational slope deformation? Opposing failure development of the Ivasnasen and Vollan unstable rock slopes (Western Norway) despite of similar morphological characteristics. Geomorphology 289, 96-116.
  • Viola, G., Scheiber, T., Fredin, O., Zwingmann, H., Margreth, A. and J. Knies (2016): Deconvoluting complex structural histories archived in brittle fault zones. Nature Communications 7, 13448.
  • Scheiber, T., Viola, G., Wilkinson, C.M., Ganerød, M., Skår, Ø. and D. Gasser (2016): Direct 40Ar/39Ar dating of Late-Ordovician and Silurian brittle faulting in the southwestern Norwegian Caledonides. Terra Nova 28, 374-382.
  • Scheiber, T., Fredin, O., Viola, G., Jarna, A., Gasser, D. and R. Łapińska-Viola (2015b): Manual extraction of bedrock lineaments from high resolution LiDAR data: methodological bias and human perception. GFF 137, 362-372.
  • Scheiber, T., Viola, G., Peters, M., Bingen, B. and Solli, A. (2015a): Multiple reactivation and strain localization along a Proterozoic orogen-scale deformation zone: the Kongsberg-Telemark boundary in southern Norway revisited. Precambrian Research 265, 78-103.
  • Scheiber, T., Berndt, J., Mezger, K. and O.A. Pfiffner (2014): Precambrian to Paleozoic zircon record in the Siviez-Mischabel basement (western Swiss Alps). Swiss Journal of Geosciences 107, 49-64.
  • Scheiber, T., Pfiffner, O.A. and G. Schreurs (2013b): Upper crustal deformation in continent-continent collision: A case study from the central Bernard nappe complex (Valais, Switzerland). Tectonics 32, 1320-1342.
  • Scheiber, T., Heredia, B. D., Berndt, J., Pfiffner, O.A. and K. Mezger (2013a): Episodic and long-lasting Paleozoic felsic magmatism in the pre-Alpine basement of the Suretta nappe (eastern Swiss Alps). International Journal of Earth Sciences 102, 2079-2115.
  • Scheiber, T., Pfiffner, O.A., and G. Schreurs (2012): Strain accumulation during basal accretion in continental collision – A case study from the Suretta nappe (eastern Swiss Alps). Tectonophysics 579, 56-73.
  • Reiser, M.K., Scheiber, T., Fügenschuh, B. and U. Burger (2010): Hydrological Characterisation of Lake Obernberg, Brenner Pass Area, Tyrol. Austrian Journal of Earth Sciences 103, 43-57.

Courses taught

  • GE-488/484 Geohazards
  • GE-413 Cartography and GIS
  • GE4-302 Geohazards for land-use planning
  • GE-491 Bachelor thesis in Geology
  • GE-482 Hydrogeology

Research areas

  • Crustal deformation
  • Rock slope instabilities
  • Fault zones
  • Collisional orogens